May 20 2012 11:54AM
In Alberta the off-season has become a question of coaches with both the Flames and Oilers looking to fill vacancies behind the bench. With the NHL playoffs winding down and the Memorial cup firing up, attentions are turning towards prospects and the impending free agent season as well.
The guests this week include Jonathan Willis, Tom Lynn and Corey Pronman. They joined Lowetide to talk the above topics and others including hedge fund management strategy, the importance of sustainable lifestyles in the 21st century and the best places to find a good sandwich in Western Canada (not really).
This is Nation Radio.
May 19 2012 10:54AM
Another game, another browbeating of the Phoenix Coyotes at the hands of the Los Angeles Kings and Phoenix's worst game of the series. Most people saw this as a mismatch on paper and the on-ice results have been in line with those expectations as the Kings have thoroughly dominated the Coyotes in just about every facet of the game.
May 18 2012 01:53PM
With the launch of the new NHLNumbers blog and the continued development of the site's resources and functions, we figured it's time to update the graphics around here. Specifically, we're looking for a new logo for the site.
Now, we could have gone to some pro graphic designer and spent thousands of dollars only to be slightly disappointed by the outcome, but instead we're opening up the project to the Nation readers instead.
May 17 2012 12:00PM
The Dallas Stars are a franchise that has been in flux for several years now. After making the deep playoff run on the heels of acquiring Brad Richards the Stars were looking up when Murphy's Law took over. The defense collapsed, the remaining core players from the 1999 Cup lost several steps, and Marty Turco fell off a cliff. Adding to the chaos was the fact that the Stars traded their premium draft picks in 2007 and 2008 for Ladislav Nagy and Mattias Norstrom (while drafting goalies Jack Campbell and Tyler Beskorowany high also).
Then, after refusing to waive his no trade clause at the 2011 trade deadline, Richards left for New York. The holes his departure left in the Stars lineup were huge. Richards manned a point on the powerplay, centered the top line, and took 70 more shots than anyone else on the roster. The Stars plan under new coach Glen Gulutzan was to rely on Mike Ribeiro and Jamie Benn (converting to center) as the top two centers.
May 17 2012 07:36AM
One of the most eye-popping things I have seen in non-traditional statistics was the difference between how the Flyers performed last year with Chris Pronger and without him. The plot below shows what fraction of the shot attempts the Flyers got (their Corsi score), which correlates extremely well with puck possession, zone time, and scoring chances.